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June 15, 2012

What are they smoking?

Joe Charlebois

“No taxation without representation” has been a battle cry for millions of people for centuries. This phrase even predates our own use when our ancestors expressed their dissatisfaction with the British crown some 240 – 250 years ago.


For those that live far outside the shadows of the White House and the Capitol Building, the D.C. Council and mayor gave approval in 2000 to allow the District’s Department of Motor Vehicles to change the license tag line on all registered vehicles to read “Taxation Without Representation.”


If the District ever wanted to truly obtain statehood, it will never happen as long as the shenanigans of mayors and council members are fresh in one’s memory.


How can the citizens of the District be taken seriously when they continue to elect corrupt officials, felons and racists?


In the never ending saga of former mayor and current D.C. City Councilman Marion Barry, he recently stated that Council Chairman Kwame Brown’s guilty plea to charges of felony bank fraud were more horrific than any other crisis facing Washington, D.C., except for the tragedy surrounding 9/11.


“We are the laughingstock of the nation,” Mr. Barry stated following Mr. Brown’s resignation. Mr. Barry was referring not only to Mr. Brown, but also the embarrassment associated with the resignation of fellow Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr., who was forced to leave the Council in January.


Mr. Thomas was sentenced last month to three years for the embezzlement of well over $300,000. He took the funds that were designated grants for specific children’s charities and used those monies to payoff personal expenses.


Ironically, it is Mr. Barry who has been the poster child for making D.C. a laughingstock. As mayor the use of cocaine and crack cocaine in the city grew at astronomical rates. Interestingly this increase coincided with the sting operation setup by the FBI and D.C. Metropolitan Police. Mr. Barry, who was presumed to be using illegal drugs for years, was captured on film smoking crack cocaine in a D.C. hotel room. In October of 1990, Mr. Barry was sentenced to a six-month federal prison term.


Mr. Barry, who presumably supports the concept of “no taxation without representation,” failed to file taxes in eight out of nine years which was uncovered when prosecutors were seeking to revoke his parole in 2009 due to failure to file his 2007 tax return.


In April Mr. Barry won his party’s primary election for the Ward 8 council seat. In his acceptance speech he showed himself to be anything but accepting of others.


He lamented the fact that the successful businesses in the ward were owned by “Asians.” He is quoted as saying: “We’ve got to do something about these Asians coming in, opening up businesses – those dirty shops. They ought to go. I’ll just say that right now, you know. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.”


Yes our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., is a beautiful city, the seat of power in a troubled world, and a wonderful place to visit; but it has proved itself time and again that it has no business joining the Union as the 51st state as long as the corrupt mindset of elected officials and the people that continue elect them remain.


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